Obituary of James Cowell
With his family by his side, Jim Cowell, 60, of Lacon passed away on February 12, 2017 after a courageous two-year battle with leukemia.
Jim was born on December 30, 1956 in Peoria, Illinois to John “Jack” and Ruth (Buck) Cowell.
Jim worked for Thompson Electronics Company for 23 years and was a member of the IBEW for 33 years where he taught apprenticeship classes and acted as an exam proctor. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, bowler, and mushroom hunter. As a passionate conservationist, he was a member of IRVCG, NWTF, PF, and DU. Jim was a true animal lover and leaves behind his beloved beagle, Jack, whose picture kept vigil at his bedside in his final days.
On March 20, 1999, Jim married his best friend, teammate, and soulmate Ruthann (Fischer) Cowell, who, with the utmost grace and devotion, cared for him throughout his fight with cancer. Never ones to settle, Jim and Ruthann waited a long time to find each other and knew how lucky and rare their love was. They will forever be bound.
Jim will be remembered as a kind, gentle, unselfish, and fiercely loyal man - one of strong character and few words. He chose his words carefully and punctuated conversations with wit, insight, and his special brand of humor. He took particular pride in being an uncle and mentor to his nephew, T.J.
Jim is survived by his wife, Ruthann Cowell of Lacon; his mother, Ruth Cowell of Lacon; his siblings, Margie Deffenbaugh of Lacon, Tim (Harriet) Cowell of Lacon, Amy (Tony) Sloan of Washburn, Kim Cowell Light of Delavan, Tammy Turner of Lacon; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Cowell, and his brother, John Cowell.
The family will receive friends at a visitation on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Weber-Hurd in Chillicothe. The funeral will held at Weber-Hurd on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour preceding. After burial, dinner will be held at the Lacon Community Center. Donations can be made to IRVCG or Peoria - Illinois CancerCare.
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